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    How to Look After Stick Insects

    Articlepet health guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    Stick insects can be very interesting and fascinating to observe which has made them popular as pets. Their exceptional camouflage makes them very hard to spot in the wild. Keeping them as pets can be very fun, especially when it comes to constructing their habitat. This guide outlines how to go about looking after stick insects.



    Caring For Stick Insects


    • The first step in looking after stick insects is to build them a living area. The most important thing to consider is what species of stick insect you will own as this will have an effect on the habitat and the stick insect food you need to provide. Your pet shop will be able to tell you which species you are buying.

    • All stick insects are herbivorous but the plants they prefer to eat will differ. Part of caring for stick insects is to provide the correct stick insect food. Either searching online or asking one of the people at the pet shop will make it easier to find the correct plants.

    • The next step when looking after stick insects is to start building their habitat. You will need a large, tall jar or a glass fish tank. Sprinkle a 50/50 mixture of soil and sand over the bottom of the tank so it is a couple of inches thick. Push a bundle of sticks or twigs and stand them up in the sand at lots of different angles, scatter some long grass over the top of these twigs. The last step is put the stick insect food into the tank. Many species love to eat brambles and these are readily available.

    • Once you have added the stick insects themselves, make sure that they can move around freely and that the vegetation isn’t too dense. All animals require water and stick insects are no exception and making sure they are properly hydrated is part of caring for stick insects. Misting inside the tank is how stick insects drink and regulate their body temperature.

    • Stick insect food should be replaced every couple of days. They will have either eaten all of it or it will have begun to rot. When you remove the old vegetation, make sure you don’t accidentally remove the stick insects themselves.

    • If you have been correctly looking after the insects, expect them to live for about three years.

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